If you’re anything like us at OTR, football season turns you into a social butterfly and turns your home (or your neighborhood bar), into a fully-functioning pigskin palace! As much as we love the simplicity of popping a pot of chili on the stove and opening a bag of chips, there’s something that feels good about doing a football gathering differently. This fall, while bonding over college ball, why not try a few of these simple ideas to elevate your guests’ experience without increasing your workload when watching at home?
Refresh your presentation. Keep a few affordable, staple items on-hand to lift the look of your gatherings without going over the top. Stock up on paper napkins and plates in your team’s colors ahead of time. Check out Eco Party Time for compostable disposables that look great and won’t break the bank. We live for tiered plates for finger foods and this super simple version from Target is just $19.99. Soap.com is also our lifeline, and gets you all the goods in a day!
Forget the football garland. Simply position snacks and drinks on a table with some low potted house plants or succulents for an easy organic look.
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Serve snacks on a stick. There are dozens of appetizers you can deconstruct and pop onto a skewer. Not only are they easy to eat, they’re memorable as hell. Try cheeseburgers, meatballs and mozzarella, and loaded tater tots. The best part? Cleanup is super simple.
Feature a build your own chili bar. Make a basic chili with mild seasoning and give your guests loads of toppings to choose from. Fill bowls with everything from fine cheese chunks (smoked gouda anyone?) to jalapenos, and put out some unexpected add-ins like chili oil, sesame oil, and even balsamic vinegar. You’ll be surprised how much this boosts social interaction with guests trying each other’s creations.
Make Watching Interactive! Not that we condone over indulging, but we think a little football bingo never hurt anyone. And when we say bingo, we mean drinking bingo. Take a swig when you see a tight end!
Make comfort a priority. Help guests feel at home before they even get to your house and by suggesting that everyone wear comfy clothes or even pajamas. Get out pillows and blankets and put out bowls of comfort food. Salty chips, creamy mac and cheese, and cookies with a shot of ice cold milk are cheap and simple snacks that just make people happy.
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Make halftime a little special. Break out Twister or suggest a walk around the block to get your guests up and active during the break. Alternately, If your group loves to party, offer up some card games that will remind them of college, like King's Cup, LCR, or Never Have I Ever. Got a roomy backyard? Corn Hole is an awesome game to have on-hand and it’s always a crowd pleaser!
Have fun rooting on your team!
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